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Journalists resign from Hungary news site en masse

Budapest - Dozens of journalists walked out of Hungary's top independent news site on Friday in protest at the removal of its editor-in-chief, with some warning the events marked the "destruction" of yet another pillar of press freedom.Index.

Hungary enlists army in fight against virus joblessness

Gyor - As Hungary's coronavirus-hit economy shrinks and unemployment soars, thousands of Hungarians are seeking to join the army, attracted by job stability and a government scheme that fast-tracks recruits toward a military career.

Hungary MPs approve end of controversial emergency virus powers

Budapest - Hungarian MPs voted Tuesday to revoke anti-coronavirus emergency powers that triggered international criticism amid fears of a power grab by Prime Minister Viktor Orban.

Hungary set to end disputed emergency virus powers

Budapest - Hungary is set to revoke Tuesday anti-coronavirus emergency powers that triggered international criticism amid fears of a power grab by Prime Minister Viktor Orban.

Hungary marks 100 years since post-WW1 treaty losses

Budapest - Hungary marked Thursday the centenary of a post-World War I peace treaty that saw the surrender of two-thirds of its territory to neighbouring states and is still resented by many Hungarians.

Hungary haunted by post-WWI 'dismemberment', 100 years on

Szeged - For Hungary's nationalist leader Viktor Orban it marks the country's darkest day: "June 4, 1920," a date carved into a triangular column marking the spot where the Hungarian, Romanian, and Serbian borders meet.

Budapest marks anniversary of deadly Danube boat disaster

Budapest - The Hungarian capital Budapest on Friday marked the anniversary of one its worst-ever shipping disasters, the sinking of a sightseeing vessel on the Danube which killed at least 27 people, mostly South Korean tourists.

Hungary, Serbia, Montenegro 'no longer democracies': watchdog

Budapest - Hungary, Serbia and Montenegro can no longer be called democracies after unprecedented democratic backsliding, a rights watchdog said Wednesday, noting the especially "precipitous" fall down the rankings of Prime Minister Viktor Orban's "regime".

Hungary hospital evacuations spell misery for families

Budapest - Lilla Ilona Szeleczki's terminally ill mother, a 79-year-old with chronic pneumonia and a kidney tumour, twice tested negative for the new coronavirus in a Budapest hospital so she was sent home. She died within a week.

Virus-hit Hungary care home on frontline in Orban powerplay

Budapest - A Budapest care home ravaged by the novel coronavirus has become a frontline in an escalating battle between Prime Minister Viktor Orban, emboldened by new emergency powers, and Hungary's beleaguered opposition.

Hungary's Orban gets sweeping new powers in virus fight

Budapest - Hungary's parliament endorsed a bill on Monday giving nationalist premier Viktor Orban the sweeping new powers he says he needs to fight the new coronavirus pandemic.

Spectre of coronavirus quarantine haunts Hungarian democracy

Budapest - A "dictatorship" at the heart of the EU? A draft law to grant anti-coronavirus emergency measures set for adoption by Budapest has alarmed observers who fear it will hand Prime Minister Viktor Orban unlimited power.

Hungary opposition brakes passage of new emergency powers

Budapest - Hungary's opposition refused Monday to let the government fast-track a bill through parliament which would give the executive sweeping new powers, including the right to extend the state of emergency declared to fight the coronavirus.

Hungary border chaos continues as travellers trapped in limbo

Budapest - Travel chaos continued Thursday at Hungary's borders which were suddenly closed Monday in response to the coronavirus pandemic, with diplomats urging Budapest to let trapped citizens enter the country.

Captain on trial in Hungary over S.Korean tour boat disaster

Budapest - A Ukrainian cruise captain went on trial in Hungary on Wednesday over a collision on the river Danube last year that led to the deaths of 27 people, mostly South Korean tourists.

Romani TV channel plugs media gap in Hungary

Budapest - The message from a dingy Budapest studio is slick. Grinning staff of Hungarian cable channel Dikh TV shout at the camera: "About the Roma but not just for the Roma!

Budapest's Banksy disciple sparks treasure hunts and nostalgia

Budapest - Drawing inspiration from enigmatic British artist Banksy, a sculptor of tiny bronze statues has gained a cult following in the Hungarian capital Budapest by placing his quirky works around the city for the public to discover.

Hungary border patrol fires warning shots to stop crossings

Budapest - Hungarian border guards on Tuesday fired warning shots to deter dozens of people from crossing from the Serbian side following a reported spike in attempts to get into the EU's passport-free zone.

Hungary unveils 'Christian democratic'-based climate strategy

Budapest - Hungary unveiled a climate change strategy Thursday that has been described by Prime Minister Viktor Orban as a "Christian democratic" approach to tackling global warming.

Op-Ed: Katinka Hosszu is the 'One to Watch' at the 2020 Olympic Games

World-class Hungarian swimmer Katinka Hosszu is the "One to Watch" at the 2020 Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo. Hosszu is affectionately known as "The Iron Lady," and rightfully so.
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